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veritasHarvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1339 September 2007

Harvard University Library Notes / September 2007 / No. 1339

Staff Activities

Kate Bowers, collection services archivist in the Harvard University Archives, presented a paper entitled "Big Scale, Little Scale" at the Society of American Archivists' conference in Chicago on August 30. The paper addressed Harvard's investigation of the Archivists' Toolkit.

Bill Comstock, head of Imaging Services, Harvard College Library, recently presented at the Joint JPEG 2000 Workshop held in London. Comstock's talk, "Using PSNR Thresholds to Modulate the Degree of Lossy Compression in JPEG 2000 Files," addressed compressing files to a set peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR), an alternative to the more commonly used method of encoding files to a fixed compression ratio. The workshop was sponsored by the British Library and the Digital Preservation Coalition.

Edward Copenhagen, special collections librarian at Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education, completed the course "The History of the Book in America" at the Rare Books School, University of Virginia, July 16–20. This course, taught by Michael Winship, surveyed the role of the book in American society and culture from colonial times to the second half of the 20th century.

Deborah Garson, head of research and instruction services at Gutman Library, has been appointed lecturer of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the academic year 2007–2008. She will be co-teaching a year-long course, "Researching and Writing: A Critical Literature Review."

Joseph Garver, reference librarian in HCL's Harvard Map Collection, recently led a workshop on cartographic history as part of the "Boston Experience: Place Over Time" Institute, a program for local educators sponsored by the Boston Museum.

Diane Geraci, librarian for the social sciences, Social Sciences Program, HCL, was an invited participant at the Workshop to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the UK Data Archive, held July 11 at the University of Essex. Attendees from across Europe, Australia, and the United States discussed cross-national research infrastructure, the information landscape, global data networks and researcher requirements, and the future of social science data infrastructures.

Barbara Graham, associate director of the University Library for Administration and Programs, addressed the Forty-Nine State Fellows at the University of Alaska, Anchorage on August 18 and 19. Her topics were HUL's Open Collections Program and contemporary research libraries and the undergraduate.

Claudia Holguin, administrative fellow for 2006–2007 in the Harvard University Archives, has been appointed to the Society of American Archivists' Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award Committee. This award recognizes and acknowledges minority undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists.

Juliana Kuipers, processing assistant, Harvard University Archives, published a review of The Scrapbook in American Life (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006) in vol. 70, no. 2, Spring/Summer 2007 of The American Archivist.

Barbara Mitchell, head of public services in the Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), is the author of "Boston Library Catalogues, 1850–1875: Female Labor and Technological Change," a comparison of the Harvard College Library, the Boston Public Library, the Massachusetts State Library, and the Boston Athenaeum, which appears as a chapter in Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States, edited by Thomas Augst and Kenneth Carpenter, published as part of the series Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book by the University of Massachusetts Press, 2007.

Marty Schreiner, head of Morse Music and Media in HCL's Lamont Library, had three of his compositions premiered this past season: "Red Dragonfly" Variations performed by the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Variations for Clarinet performed by award-winning clarinetist Amy Advocat in a chamber music program at the New England Conservatory, and "Facing West from California's Shores" for alto voice, Japanese shakuhachi, and 13-string koto in a concert at Boston College sponsored by the Japanese consulate in Boston. His Variations for Clarinet has just been published by Frank E. Warren Music Service.

Alison Scott, Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History, Widener Library, HCL, recently published an article, "Le pouvoir des romans-feuilletons en Amérique au XIXe siècle: le début de carrière de E.D.E.N. Southworth, 1846–1856," co-written with Amy M. Thomas at Montana State University and translated by M-F. Cachin in Au bonheur de feuilleton: Naissance et mutations d'un genre (Etats-Unis, Grande-Bretagne, XVIIIexXXe siècles) (Paris: Créaphis, 2007).

University Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff presented a paper entitled "The 'Scope and Content' of Today's Universities: What 21st-Century Archivists Should Expect" at the International Council on Archives Section on University and Research Institutions Archives meeting held in August at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Megan also chaired the session "Using Archives: International Perspectives on the Role of the Archivist in the 21st Century" at the Society of American Archivists' annual conference on August 30 in Chicago.

Inés Zalduendo, archivist at the Frances Loeb Library, translated the book Case: Puerto Madero Waterfront, a study of waterfront redevelopment by Jorge F. Liernur, which was issued as a co-publication of the GSD and Prestel in July 2007.

 

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